On Friday’s NewsHour…

BY Simon Marks  February 26, 2010 at 5:27 PM EDT

AFGHAN ATTACK- There was more death today in the center of Kabul, the Afghan capitol. Suicide attackers and a car bomb killed at least 16 people — half of them foreigners. The Taliban took responsibility. We’ll have a full report and then an interview with US Army Brigadier General Ben Hodges of the Southern Region Command in Khadahar about the ongoing operation in Helmand province.

RECONCILIATION EXPLAINER- Kwame Holman looks into the history and logistics of the Senate tactic called reconciliation that could help decide the fate of health care reform.

SHIELDS AND BROOKS – Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks reflect on the health care summit and other political events of the week.

LONG-TERM JOBLESSNESS – Jeffrey Brown explores the social consequences of long-term joblessness, a defining characteristic of the current recession, with Don Peck who wrote an article entitled “How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America” for the Atlantic Magazine.

WEB-ONLY – Finally, Hari Sreenivasan gives a tour of related web features including: and interview with Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News; a video timeline of 16 months of health reform coverage; and Jeffrey Brown’s conversation with author Orhan Pamuk about his latest novel.

Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff are our hosts tonight, we hope you’ll join us.